Medically Reviewed by John W. Clemenza, DMD, MD, FACS

August 9, 2023

Are you yearning for a fresher, younger-looking reflection in the mirror? A facelift could be just what you need to turn back the hands of time. As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, second only to liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a facelift can dramatically reduce signs of aging. But how long can you expect the results to last? 

The ASPS report revealed that most of those opting for facelifts or eyelid lifts were aged 45 and over, even though signs of aging start to appear around their 20s and 30s. It’s also worth noting that aging accelerates around the age of 50, particularly for postmenopausal women. So, whether you’re contemplating a facelift or seeking to extend the effects of a previous one, longevity is crucial when considering this procedure.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery designed to give the face a more youthful look. It addresses common signs of aging on the face and neck – think sagging skin, wrinkles, and deep folds. The surgeon removes excess skin, ironing out wrinkles and folds, and firming up the facial tissues. The result isn’t just a ‘lifted’ face, but one rejuvenated and restored to a more naturally youthful state. In essence, a facelift is a surgical solution to counteract the sagging, drooping, and wrinkling that comes with aging in the face and neck area.

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How Long Will My Facelift Last?

Typically, the effects of a facelift can be expected to endure for up to 10 years. However, it’s crucial to remember that while a facelift can turn back the clock, it doesn’t halt the aging process. Your facial skin will continue to age and succumb to the forces of time and gravity. Moreover, the longevity of results can vary based on the type of facelift you opt for – mini facelifts or non-surgical procedures may not last as long as full facelifts. Consistent skincare practices and a dedicated beauty routine are also vital for maintaining your rejuvenated appearance. With proper care, the results of your facelift may be longer-lasting.

Can I Make My Facelift Last Longer?

There are ways to make your facelift results last as long as possible, but these practices require commitment, consistency, and an individualized skincare routine.

BOTOX® and dermal fillers are fast, simple treatments that augment facelifts by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Creating a consistent BOTOX and fillers plan can help hold off the effects of aging, allowing the rejuvenating effects of a facelift to last. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as a regular diet and exercise, staying hydrated, and avoiding sun exposure, will also help make your facelift results last. Talk with Dr. Clemenza about specialty creams that further protect and enhance your facelift results.

Find Out How A Facelift Can Be A Life-Changing Experience

Deciding to get a facelift is not a small decision; that’s why being informed is important. Schedule a consultation with board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Clemenza at Keystone OMS today, or reach out via phone at (724) 981-8884 to find out more.

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